Virginia receives first delivery of electric school buses

New fleet saves environment and children

CAMPBELL COUNTY, Va. – School officials are putting the pedal to the metal and plug to the outlet when it comes to rolling out new, electric buses.

The fleet is the first of its kind in Virginia, and it was on display Tuesday.

The 18-month project was led by Floyd Merryman Inc. and Dominion Energy.

“One of these buses is the equivalent of taking more than five cars off of the road,” said Dan Weekley, vice president of policy and implementation of technology for Dominion Energy.

The fleet of 50 buses is being delivered to 13 school districts across the Commonwealth.

“When you compare the clean, electric bus to the diesel bus, from a carbon dioxide perspective, it’s the same as having about 32 acres of trees per bus per year,” Weekley added.

“These buses are zero-emission, tailpipe-free buses. No fossil fuels. They have two, 110-kilowatt-per-hour battery packs. And that will give us a range of about 130 miles,” said Floyd Merryman, president and CEO of Sonny Merryman Inc.

Each bus can hold 77 passengers, but they’re blocking off every other seat because of COVID.

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